Health ombudsman would ‘humiliate’ doctors: indemnifier

Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg tabled legislation for the new body earlier this month following the government’s dismissal of the state’s entire medical board. The dismissal came in the wake of an independent report that had been highly critical of the board’s performance and decisions.

A spokesperson for Mr Springborg recently defended powers within the laws allowing the publishing of practitioner names saying that such actions would not be taken until after complaints and cases had been proven.

However Queensland GP and vice president of medical indemnifier MDA National Dr Beres Wenck was yesterday adamant that the powers could still lead to doctors being publicly named and shamed without due process.

“[Such measures] undermine the national scheme and further entrench some of the unintended and detrimental consequences of the National Law upon patients and medical practitioners,” Dr Wenck said. &ldquo